South Africa Cape Town 27 February 2020 Police stand guard outside Mbekweni Hall as Minister of Transport  Fikile Mbalula speaks about taxi violence after Seven taxi owners and drivers  has been killed in Paarl  this year alone a fight between CATA and CODETA for a route  Photographer Ayanda Ndamane African news agency(ANA)
South Africa Cape Town 27 February 2020 Police stand guard outside Mbekweni Hall as Minister of Transport Fikile Mbalula speaks about taxi violence after Seven taxi owners and drivers has been killed in Paarl this year alone a fight between CATA and CODETA for a route Photographer Ayanda Ndamane African news agency(ANA)

Mbalula commits to expediting investigation into horrific Eastern Cape bus crash

By ANA Reporter Time of article published Mar 2, 2020

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DURBAN - Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has committed to expediting investigations into the Centane bus crash, which left 25 passengers dead and 62 injured. 

The accident took place on Monday morning along a gravel road in Willowvale at the Qolweni location, Eastern Cape. The bus was travelling from Chebe and was en route to Butterworth.

"Reports indicate that the driver lost control of the bus, which subsequently rolled down a steep embankment, leaving 25 dead and approximately 62 injured. The root cause of the accident is unknown at this stage," said Mbalula via a statement on Monday afternoon. 

He said the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) would conduct an investigation into the accident and work closely with police as they conducted their own investigation.

“To lose so many lives in a single accident is devastating and shocking. I send my heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families and the community of Centane. 

"We are committed to expediting the RTMC investigation and [will] ensure that it is concluded speedily. We remain committed to strengthening our measures aimed at ensuring the safety of our people on the roads. 

"This includes regular reviews of procedures to ensure vehicle fitness and ensuring that drivers are fit to drive public transport vehicles. We will also continue to ensure that the conditions of our roads, including gravel roads, are maintained in a manner that ensures they are safe to drive on,” said Mbalula. 

He said he would be visited the affected families during the course of the week. 

African News Agency

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